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Saturday's Sport: England open T20 campaign against Afghanistan

Saturday sees England begin their bid for glory at the T20 World Cup with a match against Afghanistan in Perth, while there are also four Premier League games on the agenda.

The Rugby League World Cup continues with three matches scheduled, highlighted by England taking on France in Bolton in a teatime kick-off.

There are also two games in the Gallagher Premiership, as well as golf action to be followed on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker and five race meetings from across the UK and Ireland available to watch on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

T20 World Cup: England aim to make winning start

WhatEngland vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth, Australia
When12.00pm, Saturday 22nd October
How to watchSky Sports Cricket & Main Event
OddsEngland 1/7, Afghanistan 9/2

The Three Lions won the competition back in 2010 in the West Indies, while last time out in 2021 they lost in the semi-finals to New Zealand.

This time around they face a tough draw in a group which also features holders and hosts Australia, the Black Caps, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

And they get under way against the Afghans in Perth, with England having had to make a change to their squad due to an ankle injury sustained by left-arm paceman Reece Topley.

Fellow leftie Tymal Mills has stepped in as cover, with England have plenty of firepower with both bat and ball to be genuine contenders for the trophy.

Now led by Jos Buttler following the international retirement of Eoin Morgan, the Three Lions are 1/7 to make a winning start against an Afghan side who have a wealth of T20 experience amongst their ranks.

Rugby League World Cup: England on song after Samoa show

WhatEngland v France
Where:University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
When17:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watchBBC Two
Odds:England 1/200, France 20/1

Hosts England announced themselves as a serious threat to Australia and New Zealand at the Rugby League World Cup as they demolished Samoa 60-6 in their tournament opener last weekend.

Their next task is to try and see off a France side who opened up with a 34-12 victory against Greece, with head coach Shaun Wane having drafted in all seven players who didn’t feature against Samoa.

John Bateman, Ryan Hall, Andy Ackers, Joe Batchelor, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kai Pearce-Paul and Marc Sneyd have all been handed squad spots, although Wane has to trim two players from his options before the match.

The Wall of White have won 39 of their previous 48 meetings with the French and can be backed at 13/2 to win by 26-30 points on Saturday.

Premier League: Teatime clash the pick of quartet

WhatChelsea v Manchester United, Premier League
WhereStamford Bridge, London
When17:30pm, Saturday 22nd October
How to watchSky Sports Premier League & Main Event
OddsEngland 1/7, Afghanistan 9/2

There are just four Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, with both Liverpool and Manchester City in action.

However, it is the meeting of Chelsea and Manchester United in the teatime kick-off which catches the eye.

The Blues saw a four-match winning league run ended last time out as they were held to a goalless draw at Brentford, while United claimed a well-deserved 2-0 victory at home to Spurs in midweek.

Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana remain sidelined for the hosts, but both Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva could return after sitting out the midweek stalemate with the Bees.

United head coach Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will play not part in the game, with the last four meetings of these two sides having finished all-square.

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